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Saturday, November 17, 2012

Stacking the Shelves - The one with ALL THE THINGS!

Stacking the Shelves is hosted by Tynga's Reviews as a way to share all the books we've received this week!

Hey guys! I had a ridiculously awesome week of books, as you can see. I only bought one book, but I couldn't pass up the final installment of the Matched trilogy could I?! :D I've also been having an inner argument with myself about going to grad school after I graduate in the Spring. I'm not sure if it would be a better career move to get my MA immediately after graduation or to just get a job and go back later. Meh. I'd love to hear some of your professional and personal opinions if you want to share!

For Review
The Lazarus Machine by Paul Crilley (Thanks PYR!!!)
The Farm by Emily McKay (Thanks Penguin USA!)
Truancy City by Isamu Fukui (Thanks TorTeen!!!)
Renegade by J.A. Souders (Thanks TorTeen!!!)
The Different Girl by Gordon Dahlquist (Thanks Dutton!)
The Journey Back by Priscilla Cummings (Thanks Dutton!)

From Work
Black City by Elizabeth Richards

Reached by Ally Condie


  1. OOhhh! The Farm looks like an interesting read. It sounds different :D

    GREAT self-control Anna..As for me, I need a new limit from buying books lol..

    Giselle @ Book Nerd Canada
    Stacking the Shelves Book Haul

  2. awesome book haul! I really want to pick up Black City. As for your dilemma, I'm facing the same one. I graduate mid january and i was hesitate on whether to apply for my masters or to work and get some experience first. However my mom told me something that makes total sense, i'm still in the whole studying mode but what if i start work and enjoy my work and get promoted and go further up the career ladder in the two year span i put for myself? then i really wouldn't want to drop my work just to study. What I decided to do is to go straightaway and apply for my masters in september since I'm still a fresh graduate and going back and studying again is something that I'm still used to, and also, I want to specialize in my field instead of randomly taking a job as a chemical engineer. So my advice? do your masters if you're financially able to not work full time :)

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

  3. Great haul! I have seen the Lazarus Machine on a lot of blogs lately, and I can't help but think of Casper the Ghost movie and the Lazarus... :)

    I went for my MA right after graduating and I am super glad that I did, because now I have been out of school for 2 years and i am thinking about my PhD but feel like I am dragging to really try... if you know what I mean...You also have to make sure you have the time tho, a MA is a LOT of work, so much reading and even more writing, there isn't much relaxing time, but once you are done, you feel so good you accomplished it all.

    Good luck with whatever you choose, and have a great week!
    My Weekly Haul

  4. Here's my personal experience about getting a MA right after undergrad. I don't regret getting my MA and I finished almost 2 years ago but I still haven't been able to find a full time job since getting it. I word part-time at Disneyland (even Disney won't give me full time) because all the jobs I've applied for and interviewed for, I'm too qualified. You don't want to be interviewed my someone with only a BA and the first thing they do is point out the fact that you have an MA. It's not fun. If I would have waited to get some experience and then possible find a job where they offer to pay for me to go back to school, I think I would rather do that. It's a hard decision because the economy is so bad right now.

  5. From personal experience, I regret getting my Masters. I spent tons of money on it, and since I'm a teacher, it will take me 40 years to gain the money back based on the amount they pay you extra for a Masters. I guess it just depends on what you want to do!

    Anywho...Renegade is great!!!!

  6. OMG The Farm!! That book sounds freaking awesome!! I will eventually get Reached, but since I wasn't a big fan of Crossed, I will wait a bit. Obviously I need to know how it all ends though. Great haul babe!!

  7. what a great mailbox :) Loved renegade

    I just need to go back to school for my degree. Sorry no help here

  8. Black City, hope Santa brings me a copy, lol! Great stack of books!

    In my experience, taking a break from going to school was not wise - I've tried going back three times with no success. If you're going to do it, now is the time to probably do so ;) Good luck!

    And happy reading :)

  9. Black city and THE FARM! *Screams a little* I want to read that book. I need it! It sounds so good. Happy reading!

    I don't think that taking a break is the best thing, because I always have the idea that it will be harder to get back into that school rhythm.


  10. So many great books this week! I have a copy of The Farm too and I can't wait to read it!

    Jesse @ Pretty in Fiction

  11. Truancy City looks pretty awesome! I hope you enjoy everything you got this week :)

    My IMM

  12. There's some awesome books in your stack! As far as the Masters, it depends on what you want to do. Generally there are some fields where Masters are pointless, some where it would help you with promotion, and others where it's necessary. If you don't know what you want to do, then why do you want your masters? I'm a nerd, working on my second masters (this one for teaching). Do I regret any of it? No. But there are less expensive ways to figure out what you want to do? Are you on your deathbed? Then you have time.

  13. Great books this week!! I am excited for Black City!!

  14. So many great books in that stack!! I definitely want to read The Lazarus Machine and Black City. I hope you enjoy all of them.
    As for your college stuff, I'd go right after. I took a medical break from college intending to go back, but here I am 3 years later and I didn't go back. I want to but stuff like money issues came up and I haven't had the chance.
    It's hard to account for that stuff, so I would say go now while you know that you can. I hope you figure everything out!
    My Sunday Post

  15. Ohhh lots of goodies this week! I'm dying to read Black City and I'm really curious how Reached is going to wrap up. Happy reading!

    Teresa @ Readers Live A Thousand Lives

  16. Wow Anna, you seriously do have an awesome haul this week!! While I wasn't the biggest fan of Crossed, I think Reached has the potential to absolutely rock, and I want to see how this trilogy ends. I'm definitely going to pick it up, although I think I'll just check it out from the library. I'm also really looking forward to reading Black City and Renegade! Both look seriously fantastic!!

    I wish I could help with your Masters dilemma, but alas, I'm in high school, and right now the prospect of college is scary and intimidating, let alone a Masters degree. =P Good luck deciding what you want to do though!

  17. The Farm! Excited for that book to come out. You have loads of cool books. Enjoy them all. :D Let me know if The Farm is good :D


  18. Great books this week. Black City is one I want to eventually pick up. Look forward to your review!

    My Added to the Bookshelf post!

    ♥ Melissa @ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

  19. The Farm sounds super good! I've seen it around quite often lately. It must be awesome! I can't wait to finally read Reached. I absolutely loved the first two books in the series. I'm kind of sad to see the series come to an end, but I know that I'll definitely re-read the series in the future. :) Anyway, I hope you enjoy reading all of your awesome books this week!

    Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian

  20. Lovely haul, Anna! I want a copy of reached and The Farm so badly! Maybe Black City. I am not sure about the others yet, but I am certainly interested to see what you think of them!

  21. This truly DOES have all of the things. I am soooo curious about The Farm!

    Hope you enjoy all of your gorgeous new reads. :-)

  22. LoL this really is all the things! Man you've got a nice mix, enjoy! I really liked Black City and I hope you do as well Anna!
    Amber Elise @ Du Livre

  23. LOL, "All The Things". I'll be getting a copy of Reached next week at her signing. *flails* And I've been seeing The Farm floating around. Looking forward to you thoughts on it whenever you get around to reading it. Great haul!

  24. So I also wanted to comment on your school debate.

    I say start your Masters now.

    I graduated with my BA in Spring of 2011 and applied for my MA the next semester. This was basically because the job market wasn't the best (plus my BA is in French...). I say start now, if you work now you may get comfortable and put it off until who knows how long. Plus life always gets in the way.

    Whatever you decide to do, make sure you're happy!

    Amber Elise @ Du Livre


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